Our Mission: To provide medical and emergency assistance to former athletes, both men and women, who lettered in their respective sports at universities and colleges in the State of Nebraska. If you or someone you know could benefit from our help, we invite you to apply.
We have two options to apply. The first is a PDF application available for download. The second option is our secure online application that requires registration.
Option 1: Download PDF application
Instructions for completing a printed application:
Download application and fill out completely
If you are filling this application in for someone, make sure the applicant signs it and you put your contact information on the back of last page. Please print name, address and contact phone number.
Make sure you save a completed copy for yourself.
Any documentation you provide will not be returned so make sure you send COPIES of documentation.
Please mail completed application to:
Nebraska Greats Foundation
Attn: Sandy Zoroya
5010 Underwood Ave
Omaha, NE 68132
Should you have any question please contact Sandy Zoroya, Administrative Director at email@example.com or 702-321-9136.
Option 2: Register and complete online application
Step 1: Read the Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants below.
We know that, sometimes, applying for help can be confusing. To make this process simpler, we've written a Frequently Asked Questions section for applicants. These FAQ's will tell you everything you need to know about how our application process works, from the kinds of grants we can and can't make to detailed information about our application process.
Step 2: Register with Nebraska Greats Foundation
(If you've already registered, please skip to Step 3, below.)
To complete an online application you'll need to register with NGF before you apply for help. During the application process, we'll be communicating with you primarily through your NGF account.
Registering is free, quick and easy. Just click the 'Register' link below and complete our simple registration process. Registering should take you less than five minutes.
IMPORTANT: You'll need an active email account in order to register with us. If you don't have an email account and need to create one so that you can register with NGF, we highly recommend creating a free Gmail Account. (Click here to create a free Gmail account.)
As soon as you've registered with us, you're ready to apply for help.
Step 3: Complete our online application
Once you've read our FAQ for applicants and registered with us, you're ready to apply for help.
To start your application, log in to your NGF account and then click the button at the bottom of this page that says 'Apply for Help Now.' (If you see a button that says Register/Login, you're not logged into our system. Logging in will fix that problem.)
From there, you'll be redirected to our 'Apply for Help' application.
Apply Online Registration
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for a grant?
Any former letter winner from any of the 4 year Nebraska Based college or university (including the former Dana College) with a medical and financial need
Do recipients need to have earned a degree from these universities?
Are all medical conditions considered?
Not all. Currently the NGF does not assist those with substance abuse issues
What documentation will I be asked to provide?
Service invoices (medical or insurance bills), bank statements, income statements (check stubs), a letter from your attending physician confirming your condition.
Are all expenses covered?
No. The NGF only covers qualified medical expenses such as insurance deductibles, pre and post-operative care, travel to and from treatments, prescriptions, rehab and facilities directly related to the medical condition.
Do the recipients receive the funds?
No. The NGF works on behalf of the recipients by negotiating with service providers and issues funds directly to the providers and NEVER to recipients.
Who will have access to my application information?
Confidentiality is very important. Any and all information is seen only by the members of the Board of Directors, the Administrative Director and the Physicians Review board. At no time, will any medical or financial information be made public. However, each applicant is asked to sign a release of information waiver so that the NGF can publicize the assistance but specific details are withheld.
Is there a limit to what I can receive?
Currently, the NGF caps all annual grants at $20,000. However, applicants are welcome to apply for future grants.
What financial condition must I be in to qualify?
Each applicant’s condition is different. The NGF does a comprehensive review of each applicant’s financial position and acts accordingly. However, it is expected that each applicant fully exhausts his or her own resources and reaches insurance benefit caps before they are eligible.
Do I have to be a Nebraska resident?
If I have insurance or other benefits such as disability, am I disqualified from a grant from the NGF?
Not necessarily. Each case in independently reviewed and if there is a need that is unmet by current benefits, the NGF may be able to provide for it.
If I receive grant, what will be expected of me?
Nothing is required however, the NGF appreciates any volunteer time speaking publicly, recorded testimonials on behalf of the NGF and appearing free of charge at our public events.
If I have additional questions who should I contact?
Sandy Zoroya, Administrative Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-321-9136.
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